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About me

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist practising in the Hythe, Kent area. I have over 20 years' experience in helping individuals overcome anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, depression, low confidence, low self esteem and addiction.

I provide a safe and supportive space helping people to think about their problems and to learn strategies to make positive changes in their lives. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which has a proven track record, and I tailor therapy to your personal goals. I work collaboratively with you to make real changes in your personal and work life.

Why CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) offers the chance to step back, to take a look at what may be causing us to feel unhappy and teaches practical skills to change. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, (NICE), recommends CBT for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.

Research shows CBT can successfully treat

  • Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress and worry
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Depression

Stress and low mood can happen to anyone at any time. Sometimes life changes mean that we are faced with challenges we struggle to cope with; or stress and low mood can gradually build up and we suddenly realise that we are not managing so well anymore. However it happens sometimes we need someone to talk to to help turn things around and get back on our feet again.

What to expect
CBT involves weekly one hour sessions face to face in my clinic in Hythe or via Skype. The first couple of sessions will develop an understanding of the problem and how it developed. Together we'll identify some goals which will be the focus of treatment. An individually tailored plan for your treatment will be developed after the first couple of sessions.

A typical course of therapy lasts between 8 and 20 sessions, depending on the nature of the difficulty.

If you would like to continue with the therapy after the first session we will agree a number of sessions followed by a review. We'll agree when to end therapy depending on your goals.

My aim is to help you feel confident at the end of therapy in the knowledge you can overcome difficulties using strategies learnt during treatment, helping you prevent relapse in future.

What next?

If you are not sure if CBT can help, I offer a free initial phone consultation to discuss your difficulty and to help decide if it is the right therapy for you.

If you would like to arrange an initial consultation, please call me on 07791848361 or email katherine.burkinshaw@gmail.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 20 years' experience working with both adults and adolescents, providing individual and group therapy. I work as a senior CBT Therapist for the NHS in addition to my private practise.

I offer supervision to other Cognitive Behavioural Therapists in training and post training, working towards accreditation. I occasionally lecture at UCL in CBT and addictions.

I offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

I trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at one of London's leading psychology departments, Royal Holloway University of London. I maintain up to date knowledge and skills within the field by regularly attending training and supervision in line with requirements for accreditation.

I am fully insured.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Covid-19 anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, fear of public speaking, generalised anxiety.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


If you are interested in finding out more about the therapy I offer and my fees, please call me on 07791848361 or visit my website at www.hythecbt.co.uk

Fees vary according to the type of treatment required and session length.

Foreman & Jones
6-8 Bank Street
CT21 5AN

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Weekdays, Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


I offer clinical supervision to Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists who are either in training, to those already qualified but seeking accreditation and to accredited therapists who wish to maintain their accreditation with the BABCP.

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Katherine Burkinshaw

Katherine Burkinshaw